Charges against Donald Trump – breaking news
Donald Trump continues to come under fire for using the term “rigger” in a truth social tirade. His former collaborator, Alyssa Farah, said it was “not a racist whistle,” but rather a racist “megaphone.”
The former president and 18 of his allies were charged Monday with running a criminal enterprise to thwart the will of the American people and keep Mr Trump in power at all costs.
They have been ordered to stand trial until Aug. 25, when they will be taken to the Fulton County Jail like any other defendant for mugshots and fingerprinting.
Following the announcement, Mr Trump claimed in a tirade from Truth Social that he would release an “irrefutable” report at a press conference on Monday morning about his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
In the post, he also used what appeared to be a racist dog whistle – “RIGGERS” – while speaking about black trial attorneys and political opponents.
“The fact that he’s including race in this prosecution surprises me, it’s disgusting, it’s Donald Trump’s textbook but it’s no surprise,” Ms Farah told CNN of his comments.
Ex-Trump aide Alyssa Farah calls his use of the word ‘rigger’ on Truth Social a racist ‘megaphone’
A former Donald Trump aide has condemned his use of the word “rigger,” saying it is “not a racist dog whistle” but rather a racist “megaphone.”
After being indicted this week for his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election, the former president launched a furious tirade on his platform Truth Social.
In it, he claimed that at a news conference scheduled for Monday, August 21, he would release a “major, complex, detailed, but irrefutable REPORT” proving his allegations of voter fraud in Georgia.
But in the tirade, he also let out what appeared to be a racist dog whistle.
Rachel SharpAug 17, 2023 12:40 p.m
Voices: Avengers Assemble – it’s the Trump impeachment gang
comedian Jay Black writes:
The names in this indictment read like the credits of a little-noticed Battle of the Network Stars, except instead of Klinger from MASH and one of Suzanne Somers’ successors from Three’s Company, we have the likes of traffic judge Jenna Ellis and Leopardenmuster, Dr. Pepper enthusiast Sidney Powell. Imagine the Avengers with no superpowers and a carbon monoxide leak on set.
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 12:20 p.m
Lara Trump is unhappy. Hillary Clinton laughs at the new indictment against the former president
Ms Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Mr Trump, appeared on MSNBC Monday night when the charges were announced.
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 12:00 p.m
Ex-Trump aide says his use of word ‘riggers’ at Truth Social is racist ‘megaphone’
A former adviser to Donald Trump has condemned his use of the word “riggers” as a racist “megaphone”.
Following his indictment over his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election, the former president launched a furious tirade on Truth Social.
In it, he claimed that in a press conference on Aug. 21, he would release a “major, complex, detailed, but irrefutable REPORT” proving his allegations of voter fraud in Georgia.
But in the tirade, he also let out what appeared to be a racist dog whistle.
“There will be a total ABSTENTION!” Mr. Trump wrote of his upcoming press appointment. “They never went after those who rigged the election. They only went after those who found it to find the RIGGERS!”
The comment drew condemnation on social media, while former White House Counsel Keith Boykin said “that the use of the word ‘rigger’ is not unintentional”.
Now Alyssa Farah, Trump’s former White House director of strategic communications, said it was not “a racial whistle” but rather “a megaphone”.
“With Trump, you don’t have to look for a dog whistle — it’s a bullhorn when it comes to races, and I think that’s on purpose,” Ms Farah told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.
“We’ve seen the, I mean, slanderous attacks he’s used against Fani Willis. You know, he’s claiming things that I’m not even going to repeat, so he doesn’t really hide that he’s going to commit to this element, and this is taking place, you know, just outside of Atlanta. When you saw the courtroom, there were many black men and women present.
“The fact that he’s including race in this prosecution surprises me, it’s disgusting, it’s Donald Trump’s textbook, but it’s no surprise.”
Rachel SharpAug 17, 2023 11:40 am
ICYMI: Mark Meadows urges charges to be brought in federal court in Georgia
Andrew Feinberg Reports from Washington, DC
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 11:20 am
Unpleasant? Trump’s attorney donated to Fani Willis’ 2020 campaign
Drew Findling, the prominent attorney now representing Mr. Trump against his RICO charges in the Peach State, has supported several Democrats, including making a donation to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s 2020 campaign.
Gustav Kilander has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 11:00 am
Woman arrested and charged with threatening to kill judge leading Trump’s Jan. 6 case
A Texas woman has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill the judge presiding over the January 6 indictment of Donald Trump.
Abigail Jo Shry, 43, of Alvin, Texas, left a “threatening voicemail message” after calling U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s office on Aug. 5, according to court documents filed in the Texas Southern District Court became.
Ms Shry’s voicemail contained racial slurs against the judge, federal investigators and the Department of Homeland Security said.
The Independent‘s Shweta Sharma has the story:
Rachel SharpAug 17, 2023 10:45 am
A new video appears to show Roger Stone working to overturn the 2020 election
A new video has emerged that appears to show longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone working to overthrow the 2020 presidential election days before the results were officially announced in favor of Joe Biden.
The video, broadcast by MSNBC on Wednesday, was obtained by Danish filmmaker Christoffer Guldbrandsen for his 2023 documentary A Storm Foretold.
In the documentary, the filmmaker refers to Mr Stone, who, as a former advisor to Mr Trump, served as his “political godfather” during his first presidential campaign.
Rachel SharpAug 17, 2023 10:25 am
Giuliani is furious at being accused of the same mob law he claims he pioneered
The former New York City mayor and former attorney for Donald Trump lashed out during an appearance on right-wing Newsmax Tuesday night when he claimed that the Georgia prosecutor’s application of the racketeering law was “sloppily” and that “I’m the first.” was.” one to use in economic cases”.
“There’s probably no one who knows better than me,” he insisted.
Rachel Sharp has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 10:15 am
The call that could end it all…
When the audio recording of a shocking phone conversation between the incumbent President of the United States and a representative of his own party from Georgia was released in January 2021, few serious political analysts were convinced by Donald Trump’s description of his “perfect” conversation.
On Monday, August 15, it became clear that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and members of a grand jury had the same opinion. The moment when the incumbent president urged his perceived ally to use his position of power to determine the exact number of votes he would need to win the election was cited twice in Ms Willis’ indictment released Monday night and is now the Source of two of Mr Trump’s 13 felonies in the state.
The call was never meant to be public. But the worrying nature of Mr Trump’s demand prompted Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger to release audio recordings of their conversation to news outlets almost immediately – after the shock wore off.
John Bowden has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellAug 17, 2023 9:30 am